LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Citing urgency for reaching a lost world and unity with the Baptist Faith and Message, International Mission Board (IMB) trustees streamlined guidelines for appointing new personnel to fulfill their missionary calling at its May 12-13 trustee meeting in Louisville, Ky.
God is worthy of the worship of all people, yet billions have yet to hear the good news of the gospel, IMB President David Platt has reiterated to Southern Baptists since being elected in 2014. In February 2015, trustees approved a simplified structure with the goal of empowering limitless teams of missionaries to make disciples and multiply churches among unreached people, explained Platt.
Toward this end, the IMB aims to provide multiple pathways in which missionaries may serve on these teams, and each will involve specific qualifications, said Platt. The newly revised policy creates a unified statement of qualifications that will characterize every missionary serving through any pathway created by IMB to mobilize Southern Baptists to share the gospel with unreached people.